Asia History & Culture Holidays
There's so much choice for history and culture holidays in Asia that you'll struggle to choose somewhere to focus on.
The Khmer Empire covered Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam at its height. At the heart of the Empire stands Angkor Wat and the other temple complexes such as Angkor Thom, the Bayon and Kbal Spean. Capital cities such as Bangkok and Phnom Penh are full of temples and palaces, whilst cities such as Chiang Mai and Siem Reap are gateways to discover the past. Pagan's temples and ruins in Burma and the Plain of Jars in Laos are equally mysterious and worthy of exploration.
In China, the Qin Dynasty was short but had an enormous impact. Remnants of the empire include the Terracotta Army in Xi'an, which guards Emperor Qin's tomb. The Great Wall of China also stands as an historic monument to the achievements of ancient cultures, whilst the Forbidden City in Beijing showcases China's magnificent past, its opulent treasures and art.
The Silk Road stands as a living monument and the cities along its length trade on their past role as stop-off points for merchants and travellers; Samarkand in Uzbekistan and Almaty in Kazakhstan are full of spectacular sights and artefacts.
To meet the locals go in search of indigenous groups or hill tribes in Thailand and Vietnam in particular.
These are just some of the options available. You can also tailor-make your history and culture holiday in Asia by adding a city stay, Mekong River cruise, Yangtze River cruise or other excursion to your itinerary; talk to a destination specialist to see what we can do for you.
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Visit temples and walk through vermilion tori gates, meet geisha for a tea ceremony or learn the intricacies of a tea ceremony on a cultural tour of Japan’s most beloved traditions.
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This spectacular itinerary will see you explore southern India, a myriad of glittering relics and shrines, rolling hills fringed by sandy beaches and vibrant cities like Mumbai and colonial Kochi with a journey on the Deccan Odyssey, one of the world's most opulent trains.
If you’re looking for a luxury short break to Singapore, look no further. This curated itinerary will see you stay in two of its finest hotels, pairing city exploration with golden island beaches.
From its great cities and iconic temples to off-the-beaten-track gems, this tour takes in the must-see highlights of two Asian heavyweights – Vietnam and Cambodia.
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This journey delves into the sacred sites of Japan – locales that have held the captivation of local residents and travelers for centuries. Visit temples, gardens and monumental heritage sites, remote islands of natural beauty and thriving cosmopolitan culture.
Book by: 28 February 2019
From Edo-period gardens to exquisitely preserved samurai homes, Japan remains one of the world's most diverse and fascinating destinations – at its most enchanting during the famous cherry blossom season. You'll explore it all with this spectacular cruse that starts in Tokyo and ends in Osaka.
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Take advantage of special fares and on board credit. Guests in all suite categories can enjoy a FREE 3-Night Essence of Bangkok pre-cruise land program or a FREE 3-Night Abu Dhabi, Dubai Dunes and Sharjah post-cruise land program on this voyage.
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Between royal-capital tours and cottage-industry workshops, explore life along Myanmar's storied Irrawaddy River. There's also included hotel stays in Yangon and Inle Lake, introducing you to the gilded headlines of this most enigmatic of destinations.